Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Benidorm Holidays: Travel Blog plus 3 more

Benidorm Holidays: Travel Blog plus 3 more

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Flee winter with a last minute budget break

Posted: 19 Dec 2012 06:49 AM PST

Brace yourself folks, because the word from the Met Office is that you're in for a particularly cold winter. Already most of you are fed up with the bitter mornings, when poking your nose out of your duvet can really hurt if you’ve forgotten to turn the heating on. And the coldest months of January and February are just around the corner.

What's the best way to deal with this reality? Don’t. Simply escape from the cold for a couple of weeks and the winter will seem so much shorter. But where should you go?

St Lucia

A tropical island in the Caribbean, St Lucia is renowned for its vibrant rainforests and beautiful beaches. Featuring a drive-through volcano as well as its own National Rain Forest reserve with over 19,000 acres of natural wonders, St Lucia’s exotic beauty captures the allure of the Caribbean. From the distinctive twin peaks of Les Pitons to the cascading majesty of Diamond Falls and the translucent turquoise sea that frames it all, St Lucia is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. By booking your all inclusive holidays through the daily discount site Groupon, you'll be able to holiday in pure paradise for an affordable price.


Fly across the Atlantic to escape from the freezing British weather and get lost in the vibrant cities and beautiful coastlines of Mexico. The silica sands and phosphorescent blue waters are definitely worth the visit. Mexico's resorts are meticulously planned mini-towns where luxury hotel complexes intermingle with air conditioned malls, open-air food villages, water parks and cultural centres. Home to one of the world's richest coral reefs, a year-round balmy climate, and offering delicious local cuisine, Mexico is a perfect destination for a winter escape. Even if you're planning last minute holidays there are always deals on offer so start browsing for a Mexican holiday that suits you.


Portugal is one of the most popular annual holiday destinations with British tourists. The southernmost region of Portugal, known as the Algarve, is perhaps the most well-known area for holidaymakers. With 200 kilometres of Atlantic coastline on its doorstep, the Algarve has hundreds of beautiful sandy white beaches to choose from. Surrounded by quaint villages and breath-taking scenery everybody gets lost in Portugal's culture and completely relaxing lifestyle. The hot dry summers and warm winters make it the perfect holiday destination all year round.


Although not necessarily the first place you would think of when the words "winter getaway" are mentioned, England offers its own unique charm and beauty that makes it a fantastic holiday destination – even in winter. This is particularly the case if you don't want to travel far from home. Romantic guesthouses and country manors litter the scenic English countryside making it the perfect retreat for couples. Add the delicious and fresh local cuisine to the mix and you’ll be tempted to ditch your passport forever. If you really want to pamper yourself, book one of many spa breaks available at luxurious retreats across the country. Just don’t forget to come home.

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Paris versus London: Which city is the fairest city?

Posted: 19 Dec 2012 06:38 AM PST

Two countries separated by a minute stretch of water, England and France are almost side-by-side. Despite a chequered history between the two countries, each is as rich and diverse as the other. Two capitals joined by a single train line, but which is the fairer of the two?

While Paris has the baguette, London has the doorstop sandwich. Where London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is known as the City of Light and is officially recognised as the world's most romantic city.

Start your trip to this beautiful area with some pre-booked Eurodisney tickets, where you will find all the magic of the USA's premium theme park waiting for you in Paris. Wild rides, your favourite characters and so on – a trip to Paris without seeing Eurodisney would be like a trip to the beach without dipping your toe in.

Listing Paris's great museums and galleries is like creating a world-leading group of cultural institutions – the Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre, Notre Dame… But often the essence of a city is to be found in exploring the streets. And from the alleyways along the banks of the Seine to the winding paths of Montmartre, Paris is certainly picturesque.

Why not try the climb up to Sacré Coeur and enjoy the beautiful views of the city? At 130 metres high, the sights are spectacular. But if you're more interested in boutique views than city panoramas, head down to Les Halles. From there you can explore some of the best shopping streets Paris has to offer before making your way onto the grand boulevard of the Champs Élysées where designer stores meet macaroon shops and the famous Parisian café culture.

If you decide to visit London, you should buy some London Eye tickets for the views, head to Bond Street for the designer stores, and take a trip down to the South Bank for refined riverside culture and entertainment.

If possible, it seems London has grown even more diverse in the past five years. There really is something for everybody in England's capital. The food market at Borough, the antiques of Bermondsey and the new pop-up dining scene are major attractions that bring tourists in their thousands to London every day.

It has cultural institutions of its own to shout about, too. Take the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, all within a stone's throw of each other in the heart of South Kensington. Each is a day out in itself.

And yet again, there is much to be said for exploring a city, and the quiet streets and mews of Mayfair and Chelsea are the perfect places to get lost for an hour or two.

Both London and Paris have their qualities, foibles and mysteries that make them unique. Despite French officials themselves claiming that London was a superior city as reported in the Evening Standard in 2010, you and I know that each has its own appealing je ne sais quoi.

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Retrace the steps of The Hobbit in New Zealand

Posted: 19 Dec 2012 12:26 AM PST

With the phenomenal success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the recent release of the first of three Hobbit movies New Zealand is the place to head for if you are a die-hard Hobbit fan and want to follow in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins on a Hobbit travel tour.

In Matamata you can find Hobbiton has been created complete with Hobbit holes and the special Hobbit tours include costumed characters and a meal at the famous Green Dragon Inn.

If you travel to the remote Mount Potto high country station you can see how Mount Sunday was transformed into Endoras for the Lord of the Rings films. This was the capital of the place where the Rohans lived in the trilogy.

Several travel companies now specialise in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit travel tours to different film locations in and around Wellington where a lot of the Lord of the Rings films were shot. You can take photographs at the places you saw in the film and make your favorite characters come alive.

You can visit Hobbiton Woods, Isengard, Isen Fords, Rivendell and Minas Tirinth plus more. A full-day tour would take in at least nine different locations.

The main Hobbit and Lord of the Rings locations in New Zealand are Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and those places should all be on your list if you want the ultimate Hobbit travel experience. One of the most magical places becomes reality when you go on a day tour from Auckland.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are within easy reach of the city and to make this visit even more exciting you can take a boat ride to the Glowworm Grotto and see thousands of twinkling lights coming from the glow worms.

If money is no object you can travel by helicopter from Wellington visiting Middle Earth, Rivendell, Auduin River and Buckland Forest which is where the hobbits were forced to hide to escape from the Black Rider. On this trip you travel in groups of four with a knowledgeable guide who points out the various locations from the air before you land to explore and take photographs.

As the popularity of the Hobbit grows with the release of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, more and more travel companies are running location tours so you will be able to shop around to get the best deals.

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